The Carileon is an outdoor musical sculpture at the crossroads between church bells and wind-chimes. Its name is derived from the French word "Carillon", a religious musical instrument housed in a belfry and composed of at least twenty-three bells. The bells can be played serially to produce a melody or together to form a chord.
The Carileon is composed of a series of aluminum tubes varying in diameters and lengths, each containing a wooden ball connected to a resin cylinder. The sculpture operates musically on two levels; while the wind swings the tubes against the balls and plays clear sounds, the tubes are also meant to be played with felt mallets by a musician, creating soft melodies.
These two musical dimensions allow musicians to play a seamless melody together with nature.
Commissioned by Champagne Krug // Plaza Athénée, Paris, April 2014
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